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PRECAUTIONS NEEDED AT PONDS AND OTHER BODIES OF WATER

MAY IS NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH !!

In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States, and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, the month of May is National Water Safety Month.  With the onset of warmer weather and outdoor activities, Matt Lake, Executive Director of the Merrillville Stormwater Utility, wants to remind Merrillville and other Northwest Indiana residents to use precautions around ponds and other bodies of water, especially for small children and toddlers.  Children are always curious, and parents and guardians need to keep children and others away from stormwater detention ponds and any other waterbodies other than in designated swimming areas that are supervised by lifeguards.

Residential, business and industrial properties with ponds are encouraged to have preventative signage installed and immediately address any unpermitted entry.

Residents are encouraged to sign their children up for swimming lessons to teach fundamental water safety skills.  The American Red Cross stresses the importance of constant active adult supervision and ensuring that everyone learns to swim; they also encourage people to swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards and that children always swim with adult supervision.  More information can be found at www.redcross.org.

For more information on pond safety, you can call the Merrillville Stormwater Resource Center at (219) 472-8668.